​What can you do?

Alien species may be introduced into a new environment either intentionally or unintentionally. Should such species manage to survive, reproduce and spread throughout its new territory it could cause harm to the environment, human health or the economy. The most cost-effective and environmentally desirable action against invasive alien species (IAS) is preventing such species from entering the natural environment. Preventive measures for intentional introductions could include restrictions on their import, movement or use; the undertaking of risk assessments, and having adequate border controls.

Ballon vine
Balloon vine

On the other hand, unintentional introductions (which may involve escapes, contaminants, stowaways or hitchhikers) are much harder and challenging to prevent. The best way of preventing such introductions is through the identification of their pathways of introduction and spread, and addressing such means of introduction. In line with the provisions of the EU IAS Regulations, ERA has drafted an action plan to address pathways of unintentional introduction and spread for invasive alien species of Union concern.

Despite, having appropriate preventive measures in place it is not always possible to avert the introduction of invasive alien species. The detection of introduced species at an early stage of establishment is considered to be of essence as this increases the chances of eradication. The public is therefore encouraged to report to ERA on the locations of invasive alien species of EU or national concern that are detected in the environment.

Crimson fountaingrass
Crimson fountaingrass

Despite, having appropriate preventive measures in place it is not always possible to avert the introduction of IAS. The detection of introduced species at an early stage of establishment is considered to be of essence as this increases the chances of eradication.

For any additional queries, you may check the frequently asked questions (FAQs), contact us via e-mail address on info@era.org.mt or through telephone number 2292 3500.

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